In the endless stream of remakes and sequels that is the new normal for summer at the movies, here comes The Incredibles 2. Unlike most of it’s “another chapter in the story” brethren, this movie is well written. The thing is, its story beats are nearly identical to the first one.
Even though this movie is about the exact same thing as the previous installment, it’s still creates and expands on interesting characters, situations and does it in a different way than the first installment. This made me think about what Robert zemeckis said when making Back to the Future Part 2 and how the audience wants the same experience when they go see a sequel as they had the first time and The Incredibles 2 fits this tradition like a glove.
The reason it works is because the revisited story points are covered in broad strokes. For example:
- superheroes have conflict with the public
- conflict within the Parr family
- there’s a mysterious villian
- Edna makes a super suit
- Luscious’ wife complains about his super heroing
- Jack-Jack has powers?!?
And so on. The thing is, the subtext drives the relationship between the characters and the way the audience relates to them. It’s the reason the movie is a fun time at the movies instead of a tedious retread of something we’ve already seen.
At its core, The Incredibles 2 is a carbon copy of the original. It doesn’t quite reach the same heights, but then, what movie could? The original film (in what seems to be destined to become a franchise) is essentially without flaw. While this new entry hits all the right (even if the same) notes, the champ is still undisputed. But I still can recommend this movie to fans of the first one.
There’s movies about making movies, and then there’s Living in Oblivion, headlined by Steve Buscemi, Catherine Keener and Peter Dinklage.
Also, this is one of the worst trailers I’ve ever seen.
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Enough Said is easily the best movie I’ve seen this year – although admittedly, 2013 has been rough and I haven’t seen everything. But more than that, this film could be the rebirth of the romantic comedy genre.
It’s so rare to see a RomCom that has no trouble delivering the facets of its genre: Enough Said includes genuine instances of both romance and comedy. You’ll genuinely believe that Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini have fallen in love. Things that are genuinely funny occur: when a woman calls Julia Louis-Dreyfus a dike, she laughs at the prospect of the insult, but her face then turns to dismay, realizing the bigotry that comes along with such an attack. Sure, maybe Toni Collette and Ben Falcone’s characters are a bit one note, but they serve their purpose in the movie in a satisfying way, so you don’t notice it much while you’re watching it. When you add Catherine Keener to all this, you get a kick ass movie full of excellent performances. I’m not familiar with Nicole Holofcener (who seems to be mostly known for her TV directing), but she writes the hell out of this movie and her directing is also good, even if she isn’t doing anything special with the camera. In fact, that might be a compliment to her rather than an insult: this movie doesn’t need fancy camera moves. In fact, it doesn’t need anything; not a pause, not much score… she just lets it be, and it works perfectly.
This isn’t the sort of movie that you necessarily need to see on a big screen, but check out Enough Said before someone spoils it for you. I think just about anyone will dig it and I’m giving it a 9.5 out of 10.